posted by Laurence on Thu 1st Oct 2009 09:40
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[Google] executives are accused of breaking Italian law in allowing a video of a teenager with Down's Syndrome to be posted online.

The video, showed a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied by four students in front of more than a dozen others.

Prosecutors argue that Google did not have adequate content filters or enough staff to monitor videos.

They also argue that Google broke Italian privacy law by uploading the content without the consent of all parties involved.

Google's lawyers point out that, in addition to withdrawing the video, the company provided information on who had posted it.

The four students were later expelled from the remainder of the academic year from their school in Turin, northern Italy.

The victim withdrew a complaint but the nearby city of Milan lodged a civil suit along with a Down's syndrome advocacy group, Vividown.

The executives face up to three years in jail if convicted.

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Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

Am I the only one who thinks this is madness?

While I biggest sympathies go out to the victimised child and his family, Google executives no more deserves a jail sentence than the Down's Syndrome teenager deserved to get bullied.

To me this is another screaming example of law not keeping track with the times / technology.

I seriously hope Vividown loose this case (despite the respect I have for them and their work).
This is a school matter, not a criminal case.

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Nonsensical sentence
by fretinator on Thu 1st Oct 2009 13:57 UTC
fretinator
Member since:
2005-07-06

They also argue that Google broke Italian privacy law by uploading the content without the consent of all parties involved.


Google doesn't upload things, users do. Why would anyone even say such a sentence?

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by sbergman27 on Wed 7th Oct 2009 06:38 in reply to "Nonsensical sentence"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Google doesn't upload things, users do. Why would anyone even say such a sentence?

Why do so many users call their computer case "the hard drive"? Because they don't know any better.

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Normal idiocy
by deathshadow on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 16:57 UTC
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

Modern society wants to blame everyone EXCEPT the person actually responsible for an event. There is no personal responsibility anymore as it's ALWAYS somebody else's fault.

It's not the kid who flips out and starts shooting schoolmate's fault - it's the games he plays... It's not the parent's who are nowhere to be found when the kid is home alone's fault, it's because he was listening to heavy metal. It's not the fault of teachers not being able to discipline (or even fail) students that half of high school graduates don't know basic math or are up to what was a third grade reading level , it's because the government isn't throwing enough money at the problem. ('cause that solves EVERYTHING)

Business as usual. Let's all go sue McDonalds for serving coffee hot.

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by Laurence on Mon 5th Oct 2009 09:07 in reply to "Normal idiocy"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Spot on

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